Burgers

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Have cookout food — but please don’t have a cookout

Close-up of a cheeseburger in a sesame seed bun with lettuce and sliced onions, tomatoes, and cucumbers on a black background
Close-up of a cheeseburger in a sesame seed bun with lettuce and sliced onions, tomatoes, and cucumbers on a black background
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It’s safe to say this Fourth of July will be different. In many places, there won’t be large fireworks displays or big cookouts. (Oh, you were planning a big cookout? Please don’t.)

Burgers, hot dogs, potato salad — these are the ubiquitous foods of Independence Day. It’s a time for reexamining a lot of things about the United States, but July 4 food doesn’t have to be one of them.

(And yes, I’m aware that one thing that needs changing in the U.S. is the food system, and that consuming less meat is part of that goal. …


Experts say fast-food burgers will be made by robots in about five years

Photo by Eat at Creator Instagram

The burger robot is cool as hell. The elegant mass of machinery, color-coordinated in white, copper, and blond wood, represents some important, unanswered questions, such as how automation will reshape the dining industry. But before we address that, let’s be real about San Francisco’s Creator restaurant and its burger-making machine: This thing is far out!

Unlike the automated woks at Spyce in Boston, which fry up pre-sliced and portioned ingredients, the machine at Creator is fed whole brisket and chuck, peeled onions, pickles, etc. …


Beans and beef — not either-or

Cowboy Burgers

Vegan alternatives to meat are popping up everywhere. It reminds me of all the gluten-free alternatives to wheat-laden baked goods. Maybe it’s the consumer and maybe it’s the food industry, but it seems like people seem to gravitate toward an all or nothing way of thinking about things.

Why is that? What’s wrong with the in-between?

When it comes to meat, I’ve always been a little picky. My family thinks I’m snobbish, but I would rather not eat meat at all than eat the bulk ground beef that my dad got on sale, even though it was already so cheap…

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